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SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project) Audre Lorde Project. ALP’s primary strategy is community organizing inclusive of leadership development.

Audre Lorde Project

We define community organizing as a strategic process for building people’s (our communities’) collective power to achieve self-determination and justice including: Ensuring that community members (those indigenous to LGBTSTGNC POC communities) are the ones who identify key problems and issues (where inequality is felts most) ALP chooses to work on. Bringing community together to identify solutions based on collective action and response – to build people power.Building a base of community members that understands and strategically uses community organizing to further justice work.

We understand that building this base requires ongoing training, skills-building and other opportunities to develop analysis, organizing and leadership indigenous to our communities. ALP’s community organizing work is driven by working groups made up of volunteers directly affected by issues that our campaigns prioritize. The Radtastic Black Lesbians Who Changed LGBT History and Our Lives. Black History Month started in 1926 as “Negro History Week,” centered around the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and then expanded into Black History Month 50 years later during the nation’s bicentennial.

Black History Month speaks to our need to preserve the lived realities, achievements and culture of black people in the United States who have seen our humanity obliterated by white supremacy for generations. This month, we seek to restore self-value and pride to oppressed communities while also hoping to correct some distorted histories. When President Gerald Ford officially recognized the month of February as Black History Month in 1976, he encouraged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” But all areas within that culture have not been covered equally by the dominant culture. Often excluded from Black History?

Salsa Soul Sisters meeting. Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety. As the Supreme Court weighed arguments on same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John Roberts wondered aloud from the bench whether action on the issue by the court was necessary, because “politicians are falling all over themselves” to bring the legal rights of gay and lesbian Americans in line with those of everyone else.

Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety

If only this were true. In up to 34 states it’s still legal for employers to deny jobs to citizens simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The lack of legal protections in two-thirds of the states for members of the LGBT community means that more people live in poverty and have a harder time making it simply because their rights aren’t on an equal footing with other Americans. This is even more the case for LGBT women and people of color, where employment discrimination fuels an even broader economic crisis. But these hardships can be rolled away, and we need not wait for members of Congress to finish “falling all over themselves” to make it happen. 100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost. Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent a vibrant and visible portion of the LGBTQ community.

100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost

In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent coming out stories of the past two years have been black women like Brittney Griner, Raven-Symonè, Diana King and Robin Roberts. Meanwhile, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have become the most visible transgender women in media. We Will Not Be Unwritten: Preserving Queer Women of Color History - Spectra Speaks. A few weeks ago, the Fenway Women’s Health Team posted a blog on Bay Windows about their upcoming 2nd annual women’s health fair.

We Will Not Be Unwritten: Preserving Queer Women of Color History - Spectra Speaks

QWOC+ Boston had organized and tabled at this event for the past three years. Yet, written in an authoritative third person omniscient voice was the line, “Thanks to the dedication of a single woman, Fenway Health is proudly hosting its 2nd Annual LBT Women’s Health Fair…” The women’s health fair wasn’t in it’s second, but third year, and long before the dedicated efforts of a single woman, an entire community of queer women of color, myself included, had worked with Fenway Women’s Health Team via a series of conversations and community-building initiatives to delimit access to health resources for queer people of color.

But, if you’re one out of the 55,000 people that follows Bay Windows, firmly established as New England’s largest LGBT newspaper, you wouldn’t have known any of this. Yet, in one line, history had been omitted, or in this case, un-written.